According to TalkSPORT reporter Alex Crook, Arsenal are ‘favourites’ to sign Lyon attacker Lucas Paqueta this summer over Lazio man Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, with the Brazilian higher up Mikel Arteta’s shortlist.
Paqueta, 24, has spent the last two seasons with Ligue 1 team Lyon, making 77 appearances and scoring to 34 goals. The Brazilian international has three years left on his contract and has established himself as a regular for his nation.
Reports state that, Paqueta has informed Lyon that he intends to leave the Ligue 1 team this summer. Meanwhile another report says that, Lyon would demand £55 million for the ex-Flamengo attacker if he should leave three years before his contract expires.
Tottenham and Manchester City are other teams that are also interested in signing Paqueta asides Arsenal. Now, Crook says Arsenal are leading the race for his signature and they want the playmaker even more than Milinkovic-Savic of Lazio.
Speaking to people in South American, they [Arsenal] are clear favorites to sign Paquetá if he leaves, which is still a big IF. He seems to be more important to the Gunners than Milinkovi-Savi.
Alex Crook: Arsenal Favourites To Sign Paqueta
Paqueta joining Arsenal over Tottenham or Manchester City does make more sense. Fabio Vieira and Martin Odegaard are available for Arsenal, although they are both best suited to play as a box-to-box midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 alongside an anchor.
They lack a 10. Although Emile Smith-Rowe has done a great job, but right now seems to be first replacement for Gabi Martinelli. On the right, Bukayo Saka is unrivaled. Paqueta is the top class 10 that the Arsenal needs.
At Manchester City, his playing time would be spotty, and Richarlison has just joined Spurs. He would start every week if he joined Arsenal. That, and link up with numerous Brazilian players at The Emirates.